Friday, January 25, 2013

Day 3 - Fine Arts Center Residency

Day 3 of my Residency at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC and I was able to being sewing together a new work.  I should be able to complete that phase of the work today and if the weather hold out I'll begin to prepare the work to be finished.

I took some time yesterday to walk around the main floor of the building yesterday and snap some images.  I'll do more next week.

The school has an excellent metals program.  Each student has a separate work bench and power tools.

This is a second room attached to the main metals studio.  There are many larger tools and pieces of equipment for the students to use in designing and construction everything from a pair of earrings to major metal wall pieces or sculpture.

This adventurous student is using dried branches as the basis of a headpiece.

Next door to the metals program is the clay studio.  This studio is the best studio of it's kind I've ever seen.  Here is a shot in the main design area and instructor Glenda Guion is working with one of her students.

They have a room with this huge kneading station with numerous shelves for drying and storing work to be glazed.

This is another room that is dedicated to chemicals for making glazes, spray booths and information relating to glaze formulas.

Behind the indoor studios is a walled in area with both electric kilns and this wonderful kiln which I believe is either a raku kiln or salt kiln....not totally sure.  The bird head is in honor of all the birds that love to come into this area.

The beautiful piece was made by the student pictured below holding another of her insect babies.  The above work was based on her concept of a silk worm baby.

There are many display cabinets throughout the building featuring the work of students many who have gone on to top schools and later into successful careers from teaching to commercial studios to personal studios.

The school is lead by Dr. Roy Fluhrer, Director of the FAC, pictured here (R) in the gallery with Greg Flint (L) who teaches in the schools after-school program for elementary and junior high students.


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    1. It is really fabulous. The students are so impressive and the opportunity is as good as anything in the country.

  2. Looks wonderful! I would love to explore the area around Greenville as well!

    1. There is great support for the arts in Greenville. Next week I will be meeting with the dance students. Their teacher wants me to talk with them about design and how it relates to dance. Should be interesting. Thanks Lisa.

  3. The students' work is incredible. Love the insect babies! Your piece is developing nicely. Looking forward to future posts.

    1. Thank you Mia. I had planned to finish it today but we have ice and I didn't go. I'll be back on Monday.

  4. These students have such a great art will learn from these young minds and hearts who do know about "rules" imposed by others. Wonderful spaces to work in. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

    1. Thank you Mary Helen. I've met so many mature talented young artists. Really neat.

  5. Is that a quilt of yours in the background of the last photo? Looks like your work. And is that your new machine in the first photo? Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Connie, Yes that is a new piece hanging behind Dr. Flehrer and Greg. It's titled Vanitas and is so new I haven't even photographed it yet.

      The machine isn't new but it is a Viking. I have 3 home style machines but the Viking has a longer arm and does a few things my Bernina's don't do so I took it along.

      You have a good weekend as well. xo, T

  6. Ahh, Terry I've been behind reading these posts and can't wait to catch up. I'm glad Connie ask the question if that was your work - I was wondering the same thing. It is fabulous! I love the direction your work has been taking and look forward to reading more about the residency. The school's facilities are amazing!

    1. Hey Rebecca! Great to hear from you and thank you for your support. My work is finally in an exciting place with lots of options. Now I just need to make more.

      The FAC's facilities are fabulous. It is the result of great leadership, dedicated teachers, families, art supporters in general and students who continue to excel. When you are in the building you are in another world and it's a wonderful world that should be replicated.